Exhibits Intern                                                                                 

 

This is an 8 – 10 hr. per week during business hours. The assistant will provide support for the Exhibits Department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

 

We are looking for an intelligent, outgoing, friendly, detail-orientated, hard-working student who can cover a broad array of duties. They must be able to work successfully as part of a team or alone. The student will assist exhibit personnel in all their duties. This could include:

 

  • Building and painting walls, cases, and new displays.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of existing displays
  • Restoration work on existing buildings and boats
  • Producing in house signage
  • Basic maintenance of facilities

 

Specific skills or educational background:

 

  • Fine Arts/Graphic Arts background
  • Some basic construction skills, i.e. painting, sawing, measuring, etc.

 

 

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position with the possibility of extension.  If interested, please send museum application, cover letter and resume to Vicky Sutter, Development Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com.

 

Deadline for paperwork is January 1, 2017.

 

 

 

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East 3rd Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 557-9545 ext. 276

Development Intern 

The Development intern will assist the Development Department with ongoing fundraising activities that meet our mission. The intern will work collaboratively with the Museum & Aquarium staff to research new grant opportunities and identify innovative donor cultivation techniques, while learning the processes and importance of non-profit development.

Long-term, we view this as a distinct opportunity to advance the Museum & Aquarium’s capability to fundraise; offer learning opportunities for young professionals; and increase strong collaborative efforts with local organizations and prospective donors.

Essential Functions:

  1. Research grant opportunities which fits the organizations vision, mission and ongoing educational activities.
  2. Track and report upcoming grant deadlines.
  3. Assist in prospect research and cultivation of current and new donors, and major gifts.
  4. Maintain a working database of funders and deadlines.
  5. Gain a working knowledge of our donor and member database systems, Abila and Centaman.
  6. Assist in planning donor related events surrounding a major traveling exhibit opening May of 2016.

Relationships:

This individual will report to the Director of Development, and will work with Development and Membership Managers on a daily basis. In addition, this position would work with other departments such as Marking and Education as well as other administrative office staff, and volunteers accordingly.

Equipment: (e.g., computer, copy machine, telephone, etc.)

Must have general operational knowledge of basic office equipment, computers, postage machine, and computer software systems.

Qualifications: (e.g., education, training, experience, & skills)

The intern shall possess exceptional organizational skills and be able to work independently.  We are looking for an intelligent, detail-oriented individual who can cover a broad array of duties while assisting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to become the nation’s premier center to interpret and preserve the Mississippi River’s natural environment and history, inspire a global audience, and create more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Skills/Experience: Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Development database, internet navigation, and social media experience preferred.

 

Please send Resume & Cover letter to: Vicky Sutter at vsutter@rivermuseum.com or 350 East 3rd Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

Deadline for paperwork is January 1, 2017.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East 3rd Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 557-9545 ext. 276

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Title:                                    Living Collections Volunteer/Intern

Full-time/Part-time:                        Part-time; weekends and holidays as agreed to; mornings generally required

Exempt/Non-Exempt:                     Non-Exempt

Department:                                       Living Collections

Reports To:                                         Lead Aquarist and Aquarists as assigned

Staff Reporting To This Position:      Interns and volunteers as assigned

Works Closely With:                          Living Collections Department

 

The Living Collections Internship will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the general husbandry needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A).  Interns will work with members of the Living Collections Team to complete the daily tasks required to maintain the health and welfare of animals, as well as clean exhibits and back of house areas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation of food for animal diets and feeding out of diets in efficient manner.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks. Cleaning of the exterior and interior of the enclosures as well as areas around the enclosures (floors, counters under and above enclosures).
  • Exhibit servicing including monitoring the health and well-being of animals, testing for appropriate water parameters and performing water changes as needed, ensuring daily and weekly check sheets are current and maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
  • Implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
  • Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Assist the full-time aquarists with any necessary projects and provide alternative coverage as needed.

 

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated from a college or university.
  • Will typically possess a background related to living organisms.
  • Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making and problem solving skills to make sound, independent judgments to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Completion of a minimum of 150 hours in a 10-16 week period (hours and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual). Progress will be documented with weekly informational reviews, as well as a final review of knowledge and skills learned.
  • Completion of a project approved by the NMRM&A Living Collections Director and Supervisor, as well as give a short presentation on the project.

 

Application Requirements

  • NMRM&A Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 1 letter of recommendation

If there is interest in more than one internship the NMRM&A is open to the combination of internships dependent on specific needs of the individual. This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com. Deadline for paperwork is December 1, 2016.

 

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East 3rd Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 557-9545 ext. 276

INTERN POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Title:                                     Water Quality Internship

Full-time/Part-time:                         Part-time; weekends and holidays as agreed to; mornings generally required 8 hours minimum per week

Exempt/Non-Exempt:                      Volunteer

Department:                                       Living Collections

Reports To:                                         Lead Aquarist and Aquarists as assigned

Staff Reporting To This Position:      None

Works Closely With:                           Living Collections Department

The Living Collections Department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A) strive to maintain the best water quality parameters for our aquatic animals. Water quality is the single most important factor to consider when keeping aquatic animals in a captive setting. Stress is a major component in >90% of disease outbreaks. Poor water quality is the biggest potential source of stress for most aquatic animals. A good understanding of the basics of water quality is essential for anyone caring for aquariums and aquatic animals.  The Living Collections Water Quality Internship will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the water chemistry needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the NMRM&A.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct water quality testing on the aquatic systems in the aquarium using spectrophotometer, pH meter, refractometer, and other instruments, and ensure results are provided to staff in a timely manner.
  • Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
  • Implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
  • Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Provide alternate coverage and other duties for Aquarists as assigned.

Special Requirements            

  • Will typically possess a background related to chemistry.
  • Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
  • A High School Diploma is required.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making skills to make sound, independent judgments.
  • Must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 hours in a week (hours to and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual).

Application Requirements

  • NMRM&A Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 1 letter of recommendation

 

If there is interest in more than one internship the NMRM&A is open to the combination of internships dependent on specific needs of the individual. This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com.

Deadline for paperwork is December 1, 2016.

 

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East 3rd Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 557-9545 ext. 276

If interested in any of the posted internships, please send resume, cover letter, completed volunteer application (below), and any additional posted requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at vsutter@rivermuseum.com or at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Download a PDF of the Volunteer Application The application may be submitted by email to vsutter@rivermuseum.com or printed and delivered by mail or in person.